So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews’ Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby. -John 19:42 NKJV
It’s Saturday. Yesterday and Thursday my heart was meditative upon the Cross of my Lord. This morning I’m reading through the Preparation day accounts in the gospels and thinking about waiting for new life to spring up.
THE Seed had been placed in the ground. And now they waited. But they waited in grief, not knowing the Seed would rise anew and in us multiply His life.
In a very small way I understand what they felt. When I planted seeds in my garden I truly had doubts that they’d grow. I put the seed in the dirt and… that’s it. I watered it. I waited. Nothing.
What if it didn’t rise through the dirt? My effort (small as it was) would be wasted, and my hope for fruit and veggies to be eaten would be lost.
And in a bigger way I understand that making your own human life as a seed, planted in the dust of humanity is even riskier.
But I know the end of the story concerning the Seed of all seeds. He rose through the stone. The soil wasn’t even good where they planted Him. It would seem impossible that He would rise. But He did.
I wait through this Saturday reflecting on how it feels to anticipate new life when it seems impossible, yet I know that if Jesus is in it, not even a stone can keep resurrected life from sprouting forth.
So I receive the implanted Word into my heart meekly and trust that even through the stone of my heart Jesus will rise in me.
Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. -James 1:21 NKJV
I take up my cross of speaking the truth in love, confessing, repenting, obeying God, and bearing the offenses of others in mercy and intercession, willingly denying myself all the way to death; pouring out my life (the new life I have as Christ dwells in me), planting my life in others, trusting the Word is able to rise past the dirt, stone and opposition and produce resurrection life. Eternal life.
Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. – John 12:24-26 NKJV
I wait in confidence that a day is coming when Resurrection life won’t just live in the midst of perishing flesh, but will be all there is.
But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain–perhaps wheat or some other grain. But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body. All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. -1Corinthians 15:35-44 NKJV
And I’ll even plant my canteloupe seeds, trusting in the power of God to raise to new life a seed, dead in the dirt, which for me to live (by the eating of it’s fruit) requires its death.